"An Adventure That Never Ends": The Word "Odyssey" Is Defined as an Extended, Adventurous Voyage or Trip. the Annual Odyssey Awards Honor Educators Who Excel at Teaching Michigan History. the Awards Are Appropriately Named, as These Teachers and Their Students Embark on a Journey That Is, According to One Award Recipient
Damstra, Carolyn, Michigan History Magazine
This year, elementary teachers from across the state will receive a prestigious Odyssey Award, presented by the Michigan Historical Center Foundation during the Odyssey All-Star Celebrity Gala on Saturday, November 5, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing.
"The Odyssey gala is an opportunity to give these dedicated, outstanding educators a well-deserved round of applause--for inspiring their students to enjoy learning and for helping Michigan's future leaders discover our state's rich history," said Michigan Historical Center Foundation Board Chair Deb Muchmore. Odyssey Award recipients were selected based upon their depth of knowledge about Michigan history, creativity in teaching Michigan history and demonstrated leadership, both in their local school district and in the community. Odyssey Sponsors include, Presenting Benefactor sponsor DeRoy Testamentary Foundation; Presenting Patron sponsors Art Graft Display, d/s Events, General Motors--Lansing Operations, Ingham Regional Medical Center, Mid-Michigan MRI, David C. Morris and Ahptic Productions. For more information about the Odyssey Awards, visit www.michiganhistory.org.
SCHROEDER ELEMENTARY, TROY
Jennifer is inspired by the "the beautiful state and Great Lakes, but first and foremost her students are her inspiration--their wonder and enthusiasm!" Jennifer organizes an annual Lumberjack Day for all fourth-grade classes that includes period costumes, food, music, storytelling, literature and role-playing. Her students also play a game where they earn points by researching the history of Michigan cities and then move game pieces around a Michigan map. According to Troy school district social studies coordinator Marti Peterson, Jennifer "is an excellent storyteller and students will learn a great deal about Michigan history from the stories and legends she shares."
A Minnesota native, Jennifer fell in love with Michigan while watching the sunset from Fort Mackinac. She instills her passion for nature in her students, who often get their families to visit the state parks. "Once they're connected, children become respectful and want to preserve and protect what they have and become stewards," said Jennifer.
FLOYD ELEMENTARY, MIDLAND BULLOCK CREEK
Since Jessica's students are mostly disadvantaged and rarely get the opportunity to learn about parts of the state outside the Midland area, she makes that possible. When field trips were eliminated due to budget constraints, Jessica led a fundraising effort that allowed her students to tour the State Capitol and the Soo Locks. "It was all worth it when I saw their eyes light up as we crossed the Mackinac Bridge, and a freighter was traveling underneath. They really got it, they saw …
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Publication information: Article title: "An Adventure That Never Ends": The Word "Odyssey" Is Defined as an Extended, Adventurous Voyage or Trip. the Annual Odyssey Awards Honor Educators Who Excel at Teaching Michigan History. the Awards Are Appropriately Named, as These Teachers and Their Students Embark on a Journey That Is, According to One Award Recipient. Contributors: Damstra, Carolyn - Author. Magazine title: Michigan History Magazine. Volume: 89. Issue: 6 Publication date: November-December 2005. Page number: 26+. © 2008 State of Michigan, through its State Administrative Board and Department of History, Arts and Libraries. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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